Our family. The McBrayers
This was my first Christmas with the McBrayer's: 2006. (04 we were with my fam and 05 we were in Africa) With all of us together, there were 16 of us (and 2 pregnant mommies).
(sorry the pictures are so teeny tiny. click to enlarge)
The family consists of "the Oafies" (Mike and Charleen) and 7 children: 5 men and 2 women, with their spouses and children. With a family this large, it's hard to get everyone together at the same time (especially when we reside in 6 different states). So we've made it official - that we will all get together for Christmas every 3 years. Of course, everyone tries to see everyone once a year, but we aren't actually all together in one room except for weddings (which are now finished!) and Christmases.
This last Christmas: 2009
With all of us together, there were 24 of us (and 2 more pregnant mommies).
I've done the math and have discovered that by the next time we are all together (Christmas 2012), if we continue to grow at the rate in which we have been these last 3 years, we should have 36 family members. I'm not sure about 12 more kids in 3 years. Yikes, that means Landon and I would probably have to take some responsibility in that (which we wouldn't mind at all!). It's fun and exciting to be in an ever growing, always changing family. And it's amazing that once a new member is added, to imagine the family ever without that person makes the family seem not quite whole. It's really a blessing to get to love and be loved by so many people!
p.s. kudos to my amazing sis-in-law, Crystal, who is a fantastic photographer. we're very fortunate to end up with such wonderful pictures of our family every time we get together! thanks, titol!